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BIR exceeds February collection by P5-B

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (19 March) -- Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regional director Atty. Marcelinda Omila-Yap announced today that its agency has exceeded February collection by P510,997,880 which is over its goal by P2.1-million or 0.42 percent and over last year's collection by P86.9-million or 20.51 percent increase.

Gracing the ARENA XI radio forum, Director Omila-Yap said the BIR regional office also collected P111.1-million from the Tax Amnesty program per updated data. The Tax Amnesty which ended last March 6, 2008 has no more extension. Delinquent taxpayers were given at least six (6) months to settle their accounts from 2005 and prior years without investigation anymore on their books of accounts.

Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, who was in Davao last week was too happy on the tax amnesty collection reports because the BIR Davao regional office has exceeded its tax amnesty collection while their target goal was P80-million.

The President's economic team was in Davao for the economic briefing held at Marco Polo hotel together with Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr.; NEDA Acting Secretary Augusto Santos; Energy USEC Ramon Santos; Agriculture Usec. Jesus Emmanuel Paras; DTI Asec. Merly Cruz; and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Director Iluminada Sicat.

In Davao region, BIR Director Omila-Yap reported to Secretary Teves that most of the delinquent taxpayers have availed of the tax amnesty program of the government. There was one (individual) taxpayer alone who paid his delinquent taxes by P34-million.

Davao City under the leadership of Revenue District officer Jose Eric Furia posted the highest tax collection (from January to February 2008) amounting to P1,189,766,216.93 or an increase of 39.05 percent compared to last year's (2007) collection of same period or an increase of P185,876,165.43.

Second highest (from January to February 2008) is Digos City under the leadership of Eddie Castillo posting tax collection of P109,443,850.02 or an increase of P12,903,371.85 or 28.29 percent increase.

Mati in Davao Oriental under Bella Bentulan garnered P47,292,620.75 while Tagum City under the leadership of Atty. Franklin Ladores collected P275,115,278.52.

Yap said are still some taxpayers who wish to avail of the tax amnesty but BIR cannot grant it anymore since the government did not provide any extension after a six-month compliance.

"We sent letters to delinquent taxpayers for them to avail of the tax amnesty, but perhaps some of our taxpayers have taken it for granted or they were too busy and was not able to show up to file their tax amnesty. We are too sorry to say that after March 6,2008 deadline, no extension was provided by the government", she said. (PIA) [top]

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